California is evolving to a new system of testing and accountability that will weigh eight priorities, including school climate and parent engagement, to judge school progress. An education law, passed in 2013, orders a new generation of computer-based standardized tests, starting with Common Core assessments of English language arts and math in 2015.
The pandemic compounded the challenge of teaching math at grade level when many California students may be three or four years behind.
A deeper dive into the Smarter Balanced test data reveals that the news is both better and worse than we previously realized.
Former state Sen. Gary Hart, who died last week at 78, authored bills allowing charter schools in California, creating a statewide student assessment and a minimum school year.
CSU trustees signal their intent to join the huge wave of universities dropping SAT and ACT exam requirements for admission.
Among the 24% of students who took the Smarter Balanced assessments in 2020-21, achievement gaps widened, and the youngest students struggled.
I knew this year would test my personal code of ethics about grades: Effort and improvement should supersede a grade.
We must not allow our desire to return to “normal” and our conditioning to the status quo to pull us back to what was familiar before the pandemic.
State Board agrees to cut as much as 2 hours from lengthy Smarter Balanced assessments; parents won't receive as many details as in past.
The Advanced Education Research & Development Fund is calling for project proposals on how assessment can be done better.
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
Groups opposing local assessments argue that the results will not be easily or accurately compared on a statewide level.
It’s been unclear whether the Biden administration would offer testing waivers as many school districts continue to operate with distance learning.